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Gift-Wrapped Trades Courtesy of the Fed

The almost +2% jump in the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) just three-days before the release of the Federal Reserve’s no rate hike decision looks suspicious and so does the heavy call buying volume. And while this type of curious trading activity resembles insider buying right before a big corporate takeover, I’m confident the Securities and Exchange Commission will look the other way by pretending nothing happened.

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(Podcast) The $700 Million Man Who Lost His Fortune

What’s hot and what’s not?

The chart below shows that U.S stocks (NYSEARCA:SPY) are still outperforming other asset categories like bonds (NYSEARCA:BND), global real estate (NYSEARCA:RWO), and gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) this year.  Stock market fear is contained and the VIX – a popular barometer of sentiment –  has declined around 30% year-to-date.

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Have Energy Stocks Finally Bottomed?

Energy stocks slid 8.7% last year and was the only S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:VOO) industry sector to lose value in 2014.

Have energy stocks (NYSEARCA:XLE) really bottomed?

FactSet reports:

“Despite declining oil prices over the past few months, industry analysts are most optimistic regarding the Energy sector in 2015,

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Portfolio Report Card: A $496,000 Investment Plan with an Adventurous Flair

All investment portfolios are comparable to a novel, where each individual chooses their own personal genre and classification. If your investment portfolio was a novel, what genre would it be? Adventure? Comedy? Drama? Mystery? Horror?

My latest Portfolio Report Card is for MD in Temecula, CA and he’s got an adventurous portfolio.

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Did You Miss This Year’s Biggest Investment Themes? Here’s Four

Keeping track of global macroeconomic trends is a daunting task.

For that reason, each month we organize and rank the key market trends in our Mega Investment Theme Report by order of significance.

Here’s a few of this year’s biggest themes:

Commodities Get Crushed
All of the hyper-inflationary dreams of commodity bulls have been shot dead.

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